Choosing the Right Crankbait Size

Crankbait size and running depth should be looked at as two different attributes for bass fishing. Sure, as the size of crankbaits increases, its typical for bill size and thus running depth to increase too, but size of the lure, or profile is a consideration onto itself.

The Rapala Shad Rap ( is a good example. A perennial favorite during the spring or anytime shad are shallow, the Shad Rap comes in sizes raining from 1.5 to 3.5 inches in length (SR04-SR09) and deeper bodies as length increases. Common sense says match the lure to the size forage, and that is certainly good practice. But there’s other considerations, such as bass activity level, position in relation to the bank or structure, and time of year. FLW Tour pro Terry Bolton shares some pointers on selecting the proper size crankbait for the conditions.

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